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Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading

May 8
9:26 AM 2012

On Monday, May 7, Women Behind Bars arrived at The New Group @ Theatre Row in a one-night-only benefit reading of the play by Tom Eyen.

Directed by Scott Elliott, Women Behind Bars featured: Charles Busch (The Matron), Janeane Garofalo (Louise), Nancy Giles (Jo-Jo), Josh Hamilton (the men), Natasha Lyonne (Cheri), Cynthia Nixon (Blanche), Rosie O'Donnell (Gloria), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Guadalupe), Rhea Perlman (Granny, The Warden) and Jennifer Tilly (Ada). Check out photos below!

It's New Year's Eve 1952 in The Women's House of Detention in Greenwich Village. When the innocent and lovely Mary-Eleanor is framed by her husband and put away, her arrival in the house of detention sparks rivalries that build to increasingly dangerous -- not to say unspeakable and hilarious -- conflicts among her fellow prisoners and the sadistic Matron. An outrageous send-up of the classic genre of 1950s movies set in women's prisons, Women Behind Bars is a wild ensemble piece by Tom Eyen (who went on to write Dreamgirls). Women Behind Bars premiered in New York in 1974 (The New York Theatre Ensemble) and transferred to Off-Broadway's The Astor Place Theatre, where it opened in May 1975.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
Nancy Giles, Daphne Rubin-Vega

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
Cynthia Nixon

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
Josh Hamilton, Charles Busch

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
Jennifer Tilly

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
Rosie O'Donnell

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
Rhea Pearlman, Natasha Lyonne

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
Janeane Garofalo, Halley Feiffer

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading
The Cast of Women Behind Bars

Photo Coverage: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rosie O'Donnell and More Lead the New Group's WOMEN BEHIND BARS Reading

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